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Sammy Wasem, 21, is fighting Ferrari in court with his father, demanding the Italian sports car builder pay them 10 million Swiss francs.
It’s a commonly held belief that young people are not interested in cars. As the narrative goes, they’d rather rely on public transportation and play with their iPhones than drive. But a new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute tells a different story.
More and more car buyers are turning to social media to get the information they need, so at the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) convention in Orlando, the best marketers on the social web were recognized and awarded.
Through a series of polls on its Facebook page, the British automaker’s fans chose the DB9 model as well as the vehicle’s exterior and interior options for the special edition car. It was then named the ‘DB9 1M’ and has been unveiled in its full glory. The winning design was called ‘Aero’ and featured blue streamlined paintwork, 20-inch wheels in a Silver Diamond finish, black brake calipers, and a two-tone interior with Obsidian Black and Spicy Red colors.
The vehicle was built at its Gaydon headquarters and will be a permanent tribute to the one million fans milestone. Aston Martin plans on touring the vehicle around at select events also.
[Source: Aston Martin Facebook]
How are you planning to spend your summer vacation? If you’re looking for some ideas, check out the “Subaru Guide to Everything,” a social guidebook where people from around the world can share their favorite sites and activities.
While General Motors is shying away from social media and advertising, its competition is taking the chance to fill the gap and get attention.
General Motors, one of the largest advertisers in the U.S., seems to be pulling out of big ad campaigns like it’s the new hot trend.
Social media is a great way to keep in contact with friends, family and share baby photos with one another, but it can also be used for finding a favorable car dealership. Thats according to a new study released just on the eve of Facebook’s IPO.
Among the notable names in the automotive industry, Carroll Shelby’s is easily one of the most recognizable. Known for his racing career and for his prowess as an auto tuner and businessman, he is a storied hero to many enthusiasts.
Can’t find enough ways to proudly display your love for Porsche? The German luxury company suggests you try a banner. Once again showing its prowess for engaging its fans, Porsche has introduced a new app on its Facebook page, allowing users to create their own Porsche themed Facebook timeline cover picture.
20 year old Michael Baker probably thought he was pretty clever and funny, siphoning gas from a police car while flicking off the camera for a photo. The same photo that he posted up on Facebook that lead to his arrest.
The theft didn’t even come to the Jenkins City Police Department’s attention until the photo was posted on Facebook and started circulating around the small town of Jenkins that has barely more than 2,000 residents.
Of course Baker, being the mature human being that he is, is still getting a good laugh about it all. The photo has been removed, but he’s already commented on his page, “yea lol i went too (sic) jail over facebook.” And when a friend inquired about the photo (since he hadn’t seen it), Baker responded with, “yea lol u would just have to seen it it was funny as hell tho.”
We guess if you live in a small town like Jenkins, this sort of excitement could be seen as humorous. It’s a good thing Baker didn’t siphon the gas during summer, when prices are expected to hit an all-time high, he’d be hit with grand theft!
[Source: The Smoking Gun]
New evidence suggests there’s a reason behind people flocking to that guy with the cool car, well sort of. Having a hot car and the data in the study probably aren’t very related, but it looks like being a car fan on Facebook means you’re likely to have more friends.
According to research conducted by the social media giant, being a little car crazy (as many of us are) means you’re statistically likely to have three times the number of friends, on Facebook that is.
The study examined 15,938 Facebook users between December and March and found that the average person who “liked” an automaker has 433 friends on the network — three times the average. Apparently 82 percent of fans that both liked a brand and own one of its cars are likely to recommend the same company to a friend — 13 percent more than owners who haven’t “‘liked” the marque.
Facebook interaction is a far cry from actually spending time with other auto enthusiasts, but there isn’t any reason why people can’t congregate and discuss within the venue just like they would on an enthusiast forum. The discussion topics and content will probably never find the same depth, but how can you criticize an enhancement for gear heads who already use the service?
Social media is quickly becoming a one-stop-shop for all things info-related. Even the humble team at AutoGuide has a Facebook fan page.
Far be it from anyone in the AutoGuide office to give romantic advice past what brand of tire shine to buy for your “baby,” but here’s a tidbit: don’t post relationship status on Facebook. It’s stupid.
You might not agree, but the owner of a bowling alley in the U.K., probably does after an angry woman crashed a car into the bowling alley where her boyfriend worked.
As you might have already guessed, the little lover’s quarrel started on Facebook. The woman noticed that her significant other changed his profile from reading “in a relationship” to “single.” Throwing reason and accountability out the window, she drank half a bottle of wine and two “large vodkas” before leaping into her boyfriend’s car and driving like a bat out of hell — right through the alley’s front window.
Thankfully, a security camera recorded her stunt, which racked up a €17,000 repair bill (roughly translated to $22,000).
Oh, the crazy things we do for love. Watch the nonsense after the break.
Throwing a curve ball right down the media’s throat, Lotus issued a press release today that aimed to disarm and diffuse the flurry of speculation and jokes.
It did so by writing in completely unacademic, and some might argue, unprofessional style. Above the text, a borrowed copy of Sniff Petrol’s satirical photo (seen above) that portrays CEO Dany Bahar as “Baghdad Bob,” Iraq’s ex-information minister notorious for insisting things were fine.
Here’s a quick recap of what lead into today’s hilarious SNAFU.